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John Wood and Paul Harrison, installation view from ‘I DIDN’T KNOW I DIDN’T KNOW IT’, Contemporary Art Gallery, February 12 – April 24, 2016. Photography by SITE Photography


The Contemporary Art Gallery announces the departure of Nigel Prince, Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) announces the departure of Nigel Prince, who has excelled as our Executive Director for almost nine years. He has been appointed Director of Artes Mundi International Visual Arts Exhibition and Prize in the UK and will take up the post in September as Artes Mundi enters its ninth cycle.

Since taking up the position at CAG in 2011, Nigel has been responsible for a period of unprecedented growth and strategic repositioning, resulting in a complete reinvigoration of the institution including an expansion of its exhibition program with an impressive set of partners; effective management of its legacy collection; the founding of a comprehensive series of education work through outreach projects, public programs and learning opportunities; physical changes to the current facility; invaluable expansion of the team and attracting a significant and diverse range of new funders and audiences.

Nigel said:
“I arrived at CAG as a candidate to implement a strong creative vision and was tasked with reframing the gallery’s local to international profile to propel CAG onto a global platform. I know I leave with CAG in robust health throughout its operations, finances, programming and presence in the city and beyond, as well as beginning along the way towards its exciting next chapter.

During my time in Vancouver I have gained great experiences and acknowledge the guidance and friendship of the dedicated board and staff team, who along with our supporters, have enabled me to achieve much more than I may have imagined possible.

I relish opportunities in continuing to work with artists from Canada, and to present and advocate for the wealth of excellence here from my new position in the UK as well as returning in the near future.”

The Board of Directors takes this opportunity to thank Nigel for his vision, dedication and energy in developing the CAG during his years as the Executive Director. Nigel has made vital contributions to the continuing growth of the CAG and leaves it well positioned for the next chapter in its development.

While we are sad to see Nigel go, we are pleased to see him returning closer to home and family and to see him opening another challenging and rewarding chapter professionally. The Board is also excited and optimistic as it prepares to undertake a search for the perfect person to lead CAG into its next phase of growth.

There will be more news in the coming weeks as the search process unfolds.